Types of Love Based on Hormones


The Italian Psicologia e Salute journal has published an interesting story written by an American anthropologist, Professor Helen Fisher, in which she asserts that love is nothing, but the joint activity of several hormones, and using this hypothesis, she classifies this wonderful feeling in accordance with “hormonal” types.

In particular, Professor Fisher claims that love is born when you activate the following hormones: dopamine, serotonin, estrogen and testosterone. In this case, dopamine is responsible for the emotional and mental reactions; serotonin brings the feeling of happiness and positive mood; estrogen causes the feeling of tenderness among women; and testosterone is responsible for passion and libido.

Thus, 4 types of love are as follows:

  1. A person with dominant dopamine has passionate, though short love. “Dopamine” type “is burning” only during courtship, but then quickly fades away.
  2. “Serotonin” lovers, on the contrary, are reliable and durable. According to Helen Fisher’s observations, they take pains to build their relationship and are profound in love.
  3. Estrogen” type of love is soft and defenseless. Such people’s life is rich on emotions and various scenes in their relationship.
  4. And “testosterone” lovers are usually selfish and despotic tyrants, who are focused on creating a family, though they want the relationship develop the way they see it.

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